If you enjoy Scrapbooking, this a must see store! Located on Chicago Drive just behind the Meijer in Jenison, you will find Grand Rapid's largest scrapbooking store. When you first enter the store, be prepared to be overwhelmed by their huge selection. The store features: paper, scissors, books, stickers. die-cuts, embellishments such as fibers, brads, buttons, etc. This list could go on forever. Everything you would ever need for Scrapbooking, you will find here. The also feature a large work area if you would like to work at the store which is usually free of charge only having to pay for products. The staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and willing to help you come up with ideas. The staff also allows you to reserve items.
This hotel opened in 2004. It is off US 131 and 68th Street. However, it's not off either street. It's hidden off a side street which makes it's slightly a pain to find if you aren't familar wtih the area. You can tell the owners put a lot of money into the hotel. They have beautiful murals painted by a local artist throughout the lobby and pool areas. They offer a great free breakfast located in its own seperate room with comfy oversized chairs, couches and a big screen TV. They also have a huge 2 story suite which can sleep I think up to 8. They also have jacuzzi rooms. They also have an indoor water park which isn't as great as they advertise it to be. It consists of a kiddie pool which is great for children but no one over 5 years old would use it. They have one water slide which drops you off into the only swimming pool they have. They also have a small hot tub. If you are looking to just swim chances are you would have difficult time finding a safe area.
This hotel located off US 131 and 84th Street is fairly new. It was built in 2004 which is when I stayed. You can tell the owner of this hotel put quite a bit of money into the property. The lobby is a two-story lobby which features a very small free breakfast every morning. They offer such a small breakfast because they want you to dine in the adjacent restaurant next door which they also own. The friendliness of the staff is hit or miss depending on the employee. The guest rooms were in nice shape with nice beds and a moderate size bathroom.
You get what you pay for at this hotel. The hotel is ocated off US 131 at 76th Street approximately 10 miles south of downtown Grand Rapids. The only real restaurant close to the hotel is the 76th Street Truck Stop. The hotel is a stick built hotel which appears to cater to truckers, so you constantly hear the noise of trucks and cars wizzing by on the highway. The few times I've been in the hotel, it appears to be in desperate need of a make-over and a vaccum that works. The positive of this hotel is their pool area. It's a large area which is often open all night.
The Centerpointe Lane Bryant is the worst Lane Bryants in town. The store replaced the Lane Bryant which use to be in the Woodland Mall. The new store seems so tiny and cramped. If you enter the store from outside, you walk into the business and causal section. If you enter from inside the mall, you walk into the personal undergarment section. Ive been to the store probably a half of dozen times and I cant remember a single time an employee has ever spoke to me aside from when I pay at the counter. They never have been busy, so that isnt the reason they havent spoke either. They just always seem too busy talking to fellow employees to realize they are supposed to be giving guest service. They do feature an ok clearance section though which is found by the undergarment section. Of all the Lane Bryant stores in town, I would recommend this one the least.
I think this is the nicest Lane Bryant in town. The staff there is fabulous! They are always going out of their way to help you and compliment you. It is located off Alpine Avenue in the strip mall with Target next to the Bath and Body Works. This Lane Bryant is average size featuring professional business attire as well as stylist plus size causal clothes for everyday life. Like other Lane Bryant stores, they also sell undergarments and accessories. Their sizes range from 12-32. A plus to this Lane Bryant over the other two in town is the Alpine store often has a large clearance section. The only downside to this location is the fact that its off busy Alpine Avenue.
The Grandville Lane Bryant is one of the better Lane Bryants in town. It is located in the RiverTown Crossings Mall on the second floor by the Sears entrance. The store is of average size with the left half of the store catering to professional/dressier clothes and the right size featuring more casual clothing. They also sell bras, underwear, pajamas, and accessories. Lane Bryant recently announced they now carry sizes from 12-32. The clothing is always nicely displayed and easy to find. However, this store rarely has a clearance section though. The staff has always been friendly and prompt to greet you upon walking into the store.
The Craig's Cruisers located off 54th Street and US 131 offers lots of indoor and outdoor activities. It's a local teenage hangout which is both a positive and a negative. They offer outdoor go-karts and mini-golf. Indoors they offer taser tag, go-karts, tons of arcade games just to name a few. They also offer food -- pizza, nachos, pop, etc.
The staff is semi- friendly. You can tell they get annoyed by the noise level and the maturity level of many of their customers. However, they do their best at being friendly and helpful to everyone. The place is as clean as it can be with that many kids running around with food. Their hours of operation vary depending on the day but is usually open til closer to 11pm.
I would recommend Craig's Cruisers if you are looking to have some fun for a couple hours.
The West Michigan Auto Auction is now called the ABC Auto Auction.
It is located south of Grand Rapids in a town called Moline. The worst thing about the ABC Auction is it's location. There is no exit off US 131 (the major highway) to get directly to the auction.
Once you find it, you will be pleasantly surprised. Each week, there are hundreds of cars to choose from. The staff is always friendly and polite. Their office is always clean and inviting.
I would highly recommend the ABC Auto Auction.
I went to York Creek when I was looking for a cheap apartment in short notice. Due to how many apartments they have, they usually always have available apartments for immediate occapancy. In my experiences, the staff was friendly and maintenance staff prompt in fixing maintenance requests within 24 hours. However, the tenants left much to be desired. The week I was moving out, a man was shot with rubber bullets by the police in front of my apartment. The quality of construction is also lacking. You can tell they were built quickly and you can hear conversations from neighboring apartments.
Overall, if you are looking for a cheap place to live, I would look at York Creek. If you are looking for a nice quiet place to live, I would probably look elsewhere.